Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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Last November, it was an average day at work for Lakeland resident Dave Jarvis, who owns CURRENT Restaurant and Swirl Wine Bar in Afton. Jarvis busied himself taking care of his businesses in addition to helping out his family at the Afton House Inn, which they own. At one point during the evening Jarvis took a quick break to chat with a customer in the hallway. It wasn't a good decision. On the wall above Jarvis a relatively large plaque, between 3 and 5 pounds, came loose from the wall and fell straight onto the front of Jarvis' head.
It was in the summer of 1943 that Helen Miller, previously Helen Platten, boarded the Queen Mary, which was bound for Europe. Miller, 94, was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, as a private first class, and she was being shipped overseas. "As we were going out of the New York harbor, you could see the Statue of Liberty there, and this gal said 'Isn't that something, it's really beautiful to see that going away,'" Miller said, "but I said "I think it will be much more beautiful when we see it coming towards us.'"
What are your strengths? Where are your opportunities to improve? Why did you apply for this position? Those are just some of the questions that East Ridge High School students answered last week during the school's second-annual mock interview activity. Mock interviews were conducted March 2 in the school's media center by members of the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce. "We want our students to go into an interview with confidence," East Ridge FACS teacher Louise Allen said.
Seeing the far off places of the world is a pipe dream for a lot of people, many of whom won't ever have a chance to have realized. Bailey Elementary students however had the chance to explore the world last week during a virtual field trip. Bailey Elementary was selected as one of the schools for the new Google Expeditions pilot program, a new product from Google that allows schools to explore the world through virtual viewfinders. Google Expeditions was at Bailey Elementary on March 10.
It was in the summer of 1943 that Helen Miller, previously Helen Platten, boarded the Queen Mary, which was bound for Europe. Miller, 94, was a member of the Women’s...
District 622 School Board began the process of trimming its budget during its Feb. 23 meeting. School Board approved a total of $1.7 million in budget adjustments last week, which is just the first step in a multi-year budgeting process. District 622 is faced with reducing its budget after a $900-per-student operating levy increase and a $3 million technology levy failed at the polls this past November.
A Woodbury teacher is still in the running for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Woodbury High School science teacher Kaarin Schumacher is one of 34 semi-finalists for Education Minnesota's annual Teacher of the Year contest. District 833 previously had four candidates for the award — Schumacher, Wes Bolin, social studies teacher at Woodbury High School; and Andrea Kleoppel, social studies teacher at Oltman Middle School; Linda Pieper, third grade teacher at Middleton Elementary. The 34 semi-finalists, announced March 1, were selected from 115 candidates.
The Stillwater Area School District has found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit. Stillwater resident Melissa Douglas filed a petition March 1 with Washington County District Court as a response to the district's Building Opportunities to Learn and Discover (BOLD) proposal, which would consolidate three elementary schools with neighboring schools, to create seven same-sized schools. "I didn't want to (file) to be completely frank," Douglas said, "but I felt it was necessary."
What's in a name? Well for a school district that's building a new elementary school, a whole lot. District 834 School Board received an update on naming the future elementary school in Woodbury during its Feb. 25 learning session. District 834 has narrowed down the possible names for its new elementary school to three — Brookview Elementary School, Saddleview Elementary School and Summit Point Elementary School. "It's starting to become more real," Community Engagement Manager Carissa Keister said. "Having a name helps set a culture and create an identity."
Nationally, about 6 percent of Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. For Woodbury's Troop 60 that number is more than 20 percent. In the last year Troop 60, which is based out of Lutheran Church of Peace in Maplewood, has had seven, of its roughly 30, scouts achieve the rank of Eagle, and another four are well on their way. "They have stayed in, stayed active through their high school years and they have a willingness to put in that extra work," said Woodbury resident Mike Bradley, scoutmaster for Troop 60. "These kids have the fortitude to carry on."